BMW S 1000 R first look

The Dynamic Roadster based on the S 1000 RR enters a new dimension

Reuben Van Niekerk
BMW S 1000 RR
BMW S 1000 R
BMW

The BMW S 1000 R is all about the combination of the classic roadster look and the riding dynamics akin to those of a superbike culminating to create the ultimate ‘naked’ motorcycle.

Based on the key aspects of the S 1000 RR supersports such as the engine and chassis, this dynamic roadster offers the same innovative technology.

 

The perfect combination

Sporty underpinnings, a powerful engine and low weight of 199kg as well as ABS Pro, Dynamic Traction Control, full scale LED lighting and much more as standard ensure that the S 1000 RR sets the benchmark in the dynamic roadster segment.

The in-line four-cylinder engine is based on the engine of the S 1000 RR and generates 121kW (165hp) at 11 000rpm and 114Nm at 9 250rpm. A linear power curve ensures improved rideability. In order to reduce noise and fuel consumption as well as engine speed when cruising, the 4th, 5th and 6th gears now have longer ratios.

In addition to a smoother, self-reinforcing anti-hopping clutch, the new S 1000 R is equipped with engine drag torque control as an optional extra. This system prevents the rear wheel from slipping as a result of abrupt throttling or downshifting.

 

Weight watching

The chassis has been subjected to significant weight reduction, just like the rest of the motorcycle and now tips the scales at just 199kg. The frame and swingarm are based on those of the S 1000 RR but have been made considerably lighter. The engine in the so-called flex frame takes on a much greater supporting function than before. Benefits of the narrower frame include that it reduces the motorcycle’s width in the knee contact area, offering a more relaxed riding position with added freedom of movement. An adjustable handlebar clamp enables the rider to make ergonomic adaptations.

 

Turning power into acceleration

The underslung swing arm has been inherited from the S 1000 RR and the shock absorber with Full Floater Pro kinematics is now located significantly further away from the heat of the engine. This ensures more constant damping response and in combination with the swingarm, results in improved rear tyre grip and reduced wear.

The new S 1000 R is equipped as standard with Dynamic Traction Control DTC, ABS Pro with banking angle optimisation and riding modes Rain, Road and Dynamic. The fully configurable Dynamic Pro is also available with a particularly wide range of setting options as part of the Riding Modes Pro option.

 

Staying informed

The S 1000R’s instrument cluster was also taken over from the S 1000 RR. Special emphasis was placed on the best possible readability in addition to an extended range of functions and information. The rider can choose between customised screen displays for various purposes. The TFT display is operated comfortably from the handlebars using the multi-controller.

 

Lighting the way

The lighting units of the new S 1000 R are based on state-of-the-art LED technology and include a striking LED main headlamp with optimised low beam and high beam light. The newly designed indicators and rear lights also make use of LED technology.

 

Styling updates

Completely redesigned body elements ensure even more dynamic styling. To a greater extent than previously, the tail up, nose down look gives the S 1000 R an eye-catchingly visual impact in conjunction with those new body elements. The colour concept also highlights the sporty, dynamic appearance, in addition to the basic Racing Red there are two exciting colour schemes, Hockenheim Silver and the traditional M Motorsport livery incorporating light blue, dark blue and red.